The Deputy Communications Director the Hajj Pilgrimage Office, Alhaji Mohammed Amin Lamptey has confirmed the death of 8 Ghanaians in this year’s Pilgrimage in Mecca.
Speaking with Kwame Tutu on Frontline Friday morning, on Rainbow Radio 87.5fm, Mr. Amin Lamptey revealed that the number of deaths recorded are all not as a result of the stampede but rather only 3 died from the stampede whiles a total of 5 others died through natural means.
The 3 deceased who died as a result of the stampede are Abdul Raman who he (Amin Lamptey) said died instantly after the stampede.
The others are Yaya Konatey who died in a nearby hospital in Mecca and a lady whose identity is yet to be identified.
Five other Ghanaians according to Mr. Lamptey died as a result of natural courses.
The deceased are Asana Alhassan who died through cardiovascular attack after the group had finished with their prayers in Mecca.
The others are Sibiri Yakubu, Hawa Musah, Mohammed Suraya and one other named Arafa.
Mr. Amin Lamptey described this year’s Hajj as the most painful and disastrous because prior to the stampede, a crane crashed into some worshippers killing some number of Pilgrims and leaving others seriously injured.
Another group of Pilgrims were reported to have crashed in a gory accident.
The stampede claimed over 700 lives with many others currently battling with their lives.
This year’s stampede has been described as the worst in 25 years in the history of the annual holy ceremony embarked by Muslims across the world.
Mr. Amin Lamptey stated that the incident has really shocked them but prayed that the Almighty Allah grant the departed souls a peaceful rest.
It has also been revealed that 23 other Ghanaians have gone missing after a head count by officials.
Over 5, 200 Ghanaians embarked on this year’s Holy Ceremony to the Holy Land, Mecca.
In Islam, the Pilgrimage is one of the main pillars of Islam which every well to do Muslim is expected to embark on to fulfil his commitment to the Islamic faith and dedication to Almighty Allah.